Saturday, 29 August 2009

WANDE COAL'S Mushin2mohits. A CRITICAL ANALYSIS, AN INDEPENDENT REVIEW...

HAHAHAHAHA!!!!! (Intense laughter)....sorry to have started this piece like this but I have been thinking of this title all day and it just makes me laugh any time I do. It reminds me of my university days where I sat in classes under the likes of the late Professor Bode Osanyin. I did so much literature I was constantly always having to critic text and all. Fortunately I am not doing that here but it's odd how I've taken that skill and decided to use it on hip hop. Nigerian hip-hop. Obi-talker, what are you doing?...I can't answer that question myself and more the reason why I see the need to fire on.


You will either accept my above explanation or you will accept this one: Wande Coal can be described as a young nigerian 'up-and-coming' musician alias rising Mo'hits star who is on tune now. As a smart talker it just makes common sense that I do a piece on him so that when you google his name my blog comes up. Simple as ABC. I'm a smart woman puleasssssssse!

I'll do you this deal with my non-Nigerian readers. As we go along, so that I carry you along, ( I can rhyme right?) I'll explain some of the terms I use but note I will only do this once in this particular piece. Niaja or 9ja is the same thing as Nigeria, we got that and its out of the way. Now, who is Wande Coal. And for that answer I will be quoting one of my sources... “ I know the guy na, na my younger brother classmate for unilag until he started following Dbanj and Don”. Definition time, Unilag is the best university in Nigeria. I strongly advice the Igbinedionites and Convenites to please keep out of this arguemnets as well as the babcock-nites. I will write about this issue on another day but for now lets leave that as a fact. This is the little I know about this guy neither does the mohits profile on him make my knowlegde any better. The picture doesn't even look like him! Seriously who is this young man who just gave up an education in the most prestigious university in Nigeria for a musical career? Exactly I don't know him either, so technically we are on the same page. But I do know he's part of the biggest musical label in Niaja and he just came out with his first album about a month ago, which is what I'm blogging about.



What makes him special, good question. Honestly I just happen to stumble on his CD and I need something to blog about. Also I figured that because he's such a big guy if I talk about him, I'll be popular too. You know like how Piers Morgan makes a living interviewing Jordan everytime, exactly. More importantly I'm blogging him cause I have no editor. So I can select my contents as I wish. This is what I love about blogging. I am my own editor. It's a rare experience. I remember when I used to write and actually get paid to do so I had several editors and I hated all of them...of cause I'm kidding. I still want to get jobs in the future you really don't expect me to slam my previous employers on this page now do you?


All this diversion, back to Wande Coal and his album. I'm not going to do a review of all his songs that will be going beyond the pursuit of fame, it will be down right insanity. But I will present my veiw on it. Track one and two will appeal to you if you like the likes of 50cents and Snopp doggy. So if you're the kind of listener who enjoys music about men doing naughty things to women these tracks will appeal to you. And perhaps you may better appreciate the musician's use of indirect language in describing what we already know he's saying. However if you are an outright feminist, overtly religious person or a parent with young children who constantly complains about the moral destruction of our society, yes you, am talking about you, you will dislike these tracks or prentend to. Track three captures Wande's own kind of patriotism and it's about the unstablilty of Nigeria's progress. Let me tell you about my two favourite tracks and the story behind them. One day I had gone to work like every other diligent tax paying citizen of this country—yes I do have a job I don't have the perks of sitting in front of my laptop and blogging all day, thank you—then I was threatened by a superior so I went home and guess the song that spoke to my situation my own best track... "na who born the maga" simply saying nobody can stop me from moving forward. For this write-up it's Wande Coal and k-switch's choice of words that interest me. And this is where the critical analysis part of my blogging begins.


I present to you a discourse anaylsis (for those of you doing a research like moi you understand what I' mean...BEANS!!!!!!). Its the use of the word “butta”. Butta is a word derived from the famous yoruba slang 'aje butter', literary translated 'someone who eats butter', actual meaning a posh child or someone from an upper-class background or wealthy middle-class with a comfortable life. While I was growing up if you fitted into any of this category who would be referred to as a butta girl, man, woman or boy. But I have come to see that this word has evolved over the years and that marvels me. The word butta is used in this track to mean a 'mumu', which means a fool a dumb person. How do you explain that a word which meant 'poshness' is now meaning 'daftness'. What k-switch does in the chorus of this song he uses the word butta to mean a fool. So he sings “...wey the person wey they think say you fit stop my shine, for your mind na I don turn to butta. Na who born na who born na who the maga...” Its a confirmation that Nigerian slangs do evolve and pop culture re-inforces this change. Seriously I could so do an academic research on this. This track is also a symbol of the ultimate hood war song. I mean check out this set of lyrics:

"....
Like a lion am'll tame you
Like a dog am'll train you
And if you misbehave am'll chain you
And if I chain you wetin you go do"

I don't know who wrote this song and I can't speak for the influence behind the lyrics however I can suggest that this lyrics and the idea behind this song captures something about a Nigerian society of resistance to attack. A trend which is evident in the music of Timaya who sings alot about this sort of resistance attitude. A mentality that some else wants to destroy you. I'm not denying or questioning this mentality 'am just saying that this culture is now revealing itself in the 9ja music scene. While Timaya may be very harsh in his choice of lyrics sometimes, he is out done by spy-da-man's use of the swear word 'waka' in his song Egwu (featuring Timaya). You can check it out at notjustOK because personally I'm not prepared to do a reveiw on it, other than what I just said. Wande coal and k-switch are however more subtle in their choice of language and this is what makes their song one of my favourites, so far.


The second song that I like is “My grind” the last track on the album. It's not a new track but the producers decided to stick it in either way. I also like “That's wots up” because of its lyrical play on words in the beginning of the track. However I'm not going to talk about it because it's bad enough that am talking about this other two songs and Mo'hits ain't paying me 'na-thin'. Na wetin sef!... Obi-amaka-talker, focus woman focus. That grind, the video won me. It hasn't got all this sickening club scene with semi-nude women. Its got an 'arty' feel, as in artistic it looks like the video was shot with a friend's camcoder when hanging out with a group of boys. I think that is the idea the video director or producer tried to create or it was either a case of low bugdet which turned out to look like it was an intentional arty quirky style. Which ever way it worked for me. I might think I'm abit weird but you can see it HERE then you be the judge of it. By the way I must warn you k-switch did say 'So much money that I use to clean my nyash now...' so don't say I didn't tell you. Dunno why but I'm not in the mood to stick vidoes on my page today.


You know something else Wande's album has two songs dedicated to praising God, track six and thirteen. I know it is only on a Nigerian album that you can get songs about doing things to women, cash for ass and praising God, did I hear someone say R-kelly...I don't know but I will definitely be writing about that aspect of Nigerian music. Their ability to combine all genres on one album- confusion, talent or pure desperation. It's one for you to watch out for, my research and back ground work will be out of this world for that one, I promise you.

Also the last Poll I conducted 71 % of y'all thought I would make a good blogger, while 14% felt their personal opinion was irrelevant to my ability to blog. Any ways I'm tired now I've been writing all night. Tell me do you think WC (not the toilet system, Wande Coal initials... I knew you would catch up soon enough) is a one album sensation or a voice to watch out for. Vote now and lets see what you think.

Tuesday, 18 August 2009

Something catastrophic is going to happen to over three-quarters of people on earth within this 21st century

http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/environment-in-crisis-we-are-past-the-point-of-no-return-523192.html

This is a bold disclaimer, setting the records straight click my link above if you need more proof. The above are not my words and they have been rephrased to capture James Lovelock's predictions on the fate of the human race in this 21st century. Its the 18th of August and I'm trying to catch up with my news for the day. So in-between Afghanistan's bombing just two days to their election which is a sign that the Taliban 'means' them, I switch to watch BBC news HARDtalk. The presenter Stephen Sackur is doing an interview with James Lovelock a celebrated environmental scientist who then succeeds in shattering every known ideology that exists about the earth and climate change as I know it to be. He says we all wasting our time on these renewable energy and wind turbine nonsense. Its already too late for us and the earth. So right now I am trying to calm myself and I am writing about it—this blogging thing is good for me. With all these bombing the Taliban is giving its people I am certain that only the strong minded will go out and vote in that election. Right now I am so tempted to design a poll to ask you guys if you would vote if you were an Afghan, but my gut instincts tells me y'all going to say no. So just in case a young Afghan girl stumbles across this blog I don't want her to say it's obi-amaka-talker who discouraged her from voting. Bi ko!!!!!!!!!!!


There's too many depression news even for me so I switched my channel and I stumbled on MTV and on my screen was Tinchy Stryder, one fine girl is featuring him on her song. And it immediately reminds me of something which I've decided to share with you guys. A few months ago I was in Abuja and I remember asking a friend if she had heard of Tinchy Stryder. She said categorically Not! (as in Pinky and the Brain style of 'No', take note as I will be using 'Not' a lot on this blog). Its amazing how in recent times anything he touches whether he sings it or somebody features him, (confession time: I can't pronounce the guy's name) it always makes the official UK number 1 spot. Yet no one knows him in 9ja or maybe I didn't meet any who knew him either way its like that for a lot of these British musicians but for the Americans its different.

You're probably wondering again why am even writing about him, well recently I saw another young Nigerian artist 'Whizkid' and the next thing that fell out of my mouth is “this Whizkid is our own Tinchy Stryder” there was some resemblance, their looks, their swagga, their outfits. I wonder if this guy can pull the same number 1 effects though I hear his running towards that goal already rolling with the likes of M.I.

Back to depression story, please somebody tell me that what I saw on BBC about the Nigerian government pulling out the shares of five major banks from the stock market, is a joke. Because my hard earned money is in one of those banks so I don't even know what is happening. I've put the links below so you see the tension yourself.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/8205731.stm

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/8202588.stm

The more I hope its just some kind of misinformation...

All this sad talk of bombs and election and the earth and government crossing out bank shares, I'm seriously thinking maybe I should stick to blogging about good old entertainment.

Thursday, 13 August 2009

My first day on the job

Its my d├ębut article and I am finally doing what I wanted and what I should have started a long time ago. I am a talker and like most talkers my friends are the victims. And you know what it's not just how I go about my talking it's what I talk about. I'll tell you little about about my favourite subjects which I think will evolve in the next few years but will undeniably influence what I write now. This is not your usual blogger (that's what they all say), she's got an opinion and it will be written for all to see. I like politics I do find the American system interesting (and all that has to do with it partially because their media has taken it into our faces and to be fair a lot of movies have been made about it). I am also find the Nigerian hip hop emergence fascinating but you know what I don't even live in either country... I know you're thinking this is the time to close this window and click on Perezhilton but you shouldn't do that because it means technically I've got an unbiased view on both issues. I think that's how it works?

Anyways I'm not that useless and I still do work as a writer if blogging is defined as writing. What ever you do, do not touch that x button in the red square at the edge of your computer. “Don't touch that dial” as they would say. did I hear you say who, I meant the people on TV you know famous people, celebrities and musicians ( I believe this means one and the same that is celebrities are musicians and musicians are celebrities).

This will not be like those other blogs where the blogger just dishes out their bio and you're wondering what am I doing with all this info. Exactly, I will not be engaging in such scrupulous activities such as applying any unwarranted use of English words all in the name of blogging but with nothing substantial to say. I know what's coming to your mind right now and no I am not referring to this particular piece of writing. Once in a while I could feature some of my 'web' friends that is if they agree to do my laundry for a week. With this new age of facebook, friendship has gone 'e' as in e-friends, I could write about that even though it doesn't fall into any of the categories I mentioned.

Seriously, I shall be handling topical issues because we need a forum to express ourselves. You will know my bad and good days, can you tell what's up today...yes you're right. Am a bit behind because the next biggest thing in reality TV after Big brother happened in Nigeria koko mansion. if I had started blogging a couple of weeks back I would have written my own 10 reasons why Rita was loved by a great percentage of Nigerians even though she wasn't the most eloquent 'kokolet'. Well the show is ended and I've missed another chance to set me on the world stage as an international blogger not like the ones Sarah Palin described, you know the ones she said were wearing pyjamas and blogging and didn't know nothing about what they were writing about. Back to the show I missed (did I hear someone saying leave it Obi its gone) well its ended now but the debates won't end. With members of my bloggerhood (such as Bella naija) saying that the winner Bolanle would only have 15 'mins' of fame. It caused some reaction but I'm not going to talk about it this time.

I am now concerned why Hillary Clinton had a bad interpreter at her trip in Kenya, because of the interpreter's error she ended up screaming at an innocent person who will be famous because they asked a question, 'that wasn't', that sent the woman raging, giving female critics another thing to talk about or blog about. But lets all assume the student did ask that question don't you think she should have swallowed her pride a bit and pretended it didn't matter. Honestly what I think, give the woman a break but am sure some others don't feel that way. Right now its a WELCOME from me to me into cyberworld.